Five years of Polish membership in the European Union are the time of significant success for Poland, said Ruprecht Polenz, the president of Foreign Affairs Commission in Bundestag, during a conference organized in Muenster by Muenster-Lublin Partnership Association, Franz-Hitze Haus Academy and European Meeting Centre – Nowy Staw Foundation. Tomasz Rozniak, the president of European Meeting Centre – Nowy Staw Foundation, had also a share in the mentioned discussion.
Ruprecht Polenz had noticed that German’s fears had been confirmed lately: the border opening and European Union’s widening for the East caused the negative consequences for German labour market. In order to evaluate the Polish - German cooperation Polenz concluded, that there are over 600 Polish and German cities’ partnerships, over 1500 schools’ partnerships from both countries and the European Viadrina University. Those distinct examples of bilateral cooperation shows the multitude of different cooperation’s forms between the Germans and Poles.
Ruprecht Polenz emphasized the partnership between Lublin and Muenster has the crucial place in that process of cooperation. Meanwhile, Tomasz Rozniak noticed that Germany had been an ambassador of the European Union’s widening for the countries of Central and Eastern Europe after 1989. Besides, during the discussion Tomasz Rozniak introduced the positive influence of Polish membership in the European Union in 2004-2009 for the social and economic development of Poland. This development had been noticed in Poland due to the following determinants: significant decrease of unemployment rate, gross domestic product’s growth, the infrastructure’ s development, the high level of foreign investments and Poles’ mobility.